I am writing in response to a letter in the Journal on February 7, "Dogs create such a mess". I am saddened that the writer could be so short-sighted and not give any consideration to the joy that a dog can bring to a person.
To say that they are of no use is absolutely ridiculous. I am an OAP, lost my husband and decided to have a dog. She is a wonderful companion and I, too, walk at Northam Burrows almost every day.
I have not seen many uncontrolled dogs, although undoubtedly there are some, as is proven by the sheep that have been killed and injured, and rarely do I see dog poo lying around on the grass or the beach (much more common on the roads in the area).
There is plenty of sheep's poo and horse's mess, but that is allowed.
There are owners who pick up the poo and then leave the bag intending to collect it on their way back and forget – but not many.
Most local owners are very responsible and I would suggest that the litter is often left by our summer visitors.
As for families wanting to enjoy the beaches – dogs are not allowed at the western end of Westward Ho for six months of the year, so there is enough room for everyone.
As a matter of interest, I specially noted as I walked on the burrows yesterday, the enormous amount of debris that has been washed up from the recent rough seas – nothing to do with dogs or litter louts.